Rockets face the best in going for 23

Mar 18, 2008 7:16 PM

Rarely does a regular season game carry playoff-type drama, but the Celtics-Rockets matchup in Houston has that and more.

Houston looks to extend its winning streak to 23 games, second all-time in league history. Boston owns the NBA’s best record (53-13) and comes off an incredible 93-91 win last night at San Antonio in which the Celts rallied from 22 points down. On paper, the game is virtually even. Boston has a stellar 21-4 record against the Western Conference, while Houston is just behind at 22-7 versus the East.

The Celtics are 8-1 ATS in their nine and 2-0 on their current road swing. The Rockets are also 8-1 ATS in their last nine and 21-13 ATS at the Toyota Center. Houston’s 46-20 record is currently best in the West and may hold an edge here in that Boston is playing its fourth game in five nights. The is matchup has taken on such national interest that TNT changed its programming to televise the game at 6:35 p.m. PT.